Join us in song – Audition for ARS
“The musicians in ARS are a congenial group. Every rehearsal is a gathering of friends.”
“I am very happy to be singing with ARS. Ryan Phillips is an awesome music director who prepares the chorus with just the right mix of high standards, humor, focus and encouragement. The music is joyful and accessible, and the singers love making music together.“
We hold auditions every August…
and occasionally in early January or early May, if there are vacancies in some or all voice parts.
Here is what to expect at your audition. It will last approximately 20 minutes and consist of:
- A warm-up exercise and vocalises throughout your range
- Sight-reading in the clef appropriate for your voice
- An aural recall test (repeat short phrases)
- Singing “My Country ’Tis of Thee” a cappella
You will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire at your audition.
Additional information and requirements:
Rehearsals are held every Tuesday evening from late August through the end of the concert season in April/May.
Singers are expected to be punctual and attend all rehearsals, dress rehearsals, performances (including requested special appearances at community events) and the annual ARS retreat in early September (special exceptions for illness, occasional work obligations and family events).
Rehearsals are 150 minutes, with a 15-minute break.
Every singer is expected to spend an average of one hour per week preparing for each rehearsal, including review of recordings and You Tube videos.
“I love that ARS is an auditioned choral ensemble, and I love the challenge of learning new music so our audiences can hear and experience thrilling choral works.”
“Our Tucson community and our ARS community of singers is important to me. By singing with ARS, I get to share with both of them!”
Annual costs for singers
Dues – $75
Annual retreat – $40
Women – $95 for concert dress, earrings and holiday pin
(purchased through ARS)
Men – Tuxedo, holiday pocket hanky, button covers
(purchased on your own)
Additional discretionary costs for a music folder and music stand, if needed.